Proposal: Code Drive 2009

Hello to all of JNode! First let me introduce myself, my name is Tom. I've been following JNode's progress for a long time now but I've been reluctant to get involved for several personal reasons. I'm currently a part-time software engineer, specializing in Java, ASM and PHP/MySQL (I also know C, C++, Haskell, R, Prolog and MIPS).

Anyway, I've been following JNode and I'd really like to get involved. I'd like to see JNode become more user-friendly and polished. Personally, if a java-based OS existed which provided standard desktop features, it'd be installed so quickly on my computer I wouldn't care about backing up my data! Sticking out tongue

I believe JNode developers should start a Code Drive 2009 over the space of 4 - 8 weeks which will help push JNode towards a more user-friendly stage. Some goals we could set out (and achieve) would be:
- Visual bootup
- Multi-user system (including login screen)
- Artwork (default background, login screen, bootup)

I also think a revamp of the website and logo would also benefit the OS. I don't know if it's just me but everything feels like Windows 95 Sticking out tongue (No offense to anyone). I'd really like to help out and I'd like to hear what you guys think. In the meantime, I'm going to get familiar with this codebase Smiling

Join us on IRC ...

I think you are underestimating the size of some of the goals that you propose. And maybe you are not aware of some of the other things that need to be done ... like completing various FS implementations, completing isolates and addressing the loooong application startup problem.

Having said that, we are always keen to have new and enthusiastic project members. Why don't you join us on IRC sometime to have a talk about what you can contribute. (EU evenings seem to be the best time to catch people ... take a look at the IRC logs.)

Unfortunately, most of the JNode regulars are unable to contribute much effort right at the moment. Levente and Peter are busy with other things, Cluster hasn't been seen for a couple of weeks, and I'm off on holiday from next Monday.